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BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards: Vote for The Full English

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is delighted that the album inspired by The Full English digital archive has been nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. The album, featuring Martin Simpson, Seth Lakeman, Nancy Kerr, Fay Hield, Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron and Ben Nicholls, was commissioned by EFDSS - with a grant from the PRS for Music Foundation - and is released on Topic Records to mark the launch of The Full English digital archive in June this year.

The music created by the group draws from the collections in The Full English and includes tunes, songs and broadsides found on their journeys around the digital archive.


You can vote for The Full English to win Best Album

Click here to cast your vote

The Full English is the biggest project the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has undertaken since the building of our HQ, Cecil Sharp House, in 1930! It is the creation of the largest searchable digital archive of early 20th century English folk arts manuscripts; a national programme of workshops, lectures, creative projects with 18 schools, training and community events in all nine English regions; and the commission, tour and release a CD of new and newly arranged music inspired by the collections.

The Full English band is also nominated in the Best Group category, which is decided by a panel of judges.


Hall of Fame

This year's awards will see the addition of the Radio 2 Folk Awards Hall of Fame, recognising the special contribution of an individual to the world of folk music; someone whose impact and influence has had a lasting impression. The first entrant to be inducted into the Hall of Fame will be our very own Cecil Sharp (1859 - 1924), England's most prolific folk music and dance collector!

Browse Cecil Sharp's Diaries

The BBC have produced and excellent audio slideshow about Cecil Sharp's diaries. Watch now


Other nominations

Several other EFDSS artists have also been nominated. Associate Artist Lisa Knapp is nominated in Folk Singer of the Year, Best Album and Best Original Song.

Bella Hardy, our first Douglas Kennedy International Fellow, joins her in the Folk Singer of the Year category.

Ben Clarke and Josienne Walker, a duo taking part in our Aspire Programme and one of our Creative Artists’ in Residence, are up for Best Duo and the Horizon award.

Sam Sweeney, a member of The Full English band and also one of our Creative Artists’ in Residence, has been nominated for Musician of the Year.

For a list of all the nominees click here.


Be there

The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards will celebrate their 15th anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 19 February 2014.

Get your tickets fast from the Royal Albert Hall Box Office, priced between £12.20 and £27.50. Online tickets have now SOLD OUT but some are still available from the Royal Albert Hall box office by telephone (+44 (0)20 7589 8212) or in person.